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Chincoteague Gearing up for 90th Annual Pony Swim

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va.- Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out for Wednesday's 90th Annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague.  

Between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, the famed Saltwater Cowboys will herd an army of 150 ponies across the Assateague Channel from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The route is just south of Memorial Park, where spectators can see the ponies swim.

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department holds the event every year. Organizers said the best view can be seen from charter boats, but those spots fill up fast by people who reserved seats months ago. Organizers said spectators can catch the ponies ashore at the end of Pony Swim Lane.

After the swim, ponies will rest for 45 minutes, then head to Main Street for a parade. The ponies will be auctioned off Thursday morning on carnival grounds. Some of the proceeds from the fire department’s fundraiser will benefit a regional charity and help provide veterinary services for ponies throughout the year.

The ponies will swim back to Assateague Island where they will live wild for another year.

Click here for more details about Wednesday's event.
   

 

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